I don’t deserve this. I’m a good person. What percentage of my university fees are going to funding these. I hate this place. I pray every night that this torture factory burns to the ground. No mercy.

10 great things to do in Nottingham (for under a tenner)

1. Go and see Nottingham Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for special student offers - they’ve been known to sell tickets for as little as £1 for midweek matches.

2. Nottingham Contemporary (free)

3. Have a drink at Ye Olde Trip Jerusalem the oldest pub in England (free if you get a tap water)

4. Go to Ocean for a penny! At the end of every year, Ocean say thanks to all UoN students by selling tickets for just 1p!

5. Lost City Indoor Mini Golf - Play 18 holes for £5 (Mon, Tues, Wed) OR 36 holes for £10 with a free beer. 

6. Watch latest releases at the Savoy Cinema for just £2.13 on a Wednesday but arrive early as the queue can often be seen from space (Usually £4.25 for a student ticket)

7. Start your night off with a cheeky cocktail at Tilt. 

8. Free Jazz music every Wednesday at the Roundhouse + see the Robin Hood statue.

9. Go for cream tea at Nottingham Castle for just £5 Price includes a fresh fruit scone with jam and clotted cream + unlimited tea or coffee. 10-4 every day throughout September.

10. Visit Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market - with free Hopper Buses, first Wednesday of the month. 

www.welcometonottingham2014.co.uk #UoNFreshers


From 21 June, a series of buildings within Watt Street will be lit up every night between sunset and 10.00pm, featuring a range of creative, interactive works that reflect in different ways on the history of Watt St and its place within the wider development of Newcastle as a city.

Friday 21 June will also play host to Watts on Watt, the street launch party for City Evolutions. Watt Street will be open from 5pm - 10pm for pedestrians only as the bars, restaurants, galleries, theatres and venues open their doors onto the street with live music, great food, markets, street performances and more.

Step-by-step guide to your first week at UoN!

Written by Hannah Redpath

1. Unpack everything straight away. Otherwise you may find yourself living out your suitcase for a week. Remember to choose your kitchen cupboards wisely as you’ll have them all year.

2. Have a cuppa with your new neighbours and get to know them. Bonus points if you have home-made treats to share.

 3. Sort out your internet connection in your room, if it’s still StudentCom be prepared to get very frustrated with them over the year. You may also need an Ethernet cable.

 4. On the Sunday before Week One go around the blocks with your flat mates and meet as many people as possible. Get names and numbers and make sure you try and find someone on your course.

5. Spend a lot of time at Freshers’ Fair, there’s loads of free food and loads of sports/societies offering taster sessions. You may find out about things you’ve never heard of before like Korfball and FlairSoc!

 6. Queue early for tickets for evening events, they’re insanely popular so sell out very quickly!

7. Have fun planning your outfit for the events, you may want to think about these before you get to uni.

8. Go to your introductory lectures, they’re very helpful and you may get handouts for the whole term.

9. Keep a good balance between being in touch with your family and spending time with your new flat mates.

10. Last but not least, have fun and make the most out of it.

Guys -

I’m writing an article about Taylor’s 1989 shows in Manchester/Glasgow for my university’s magazine and I was just wondering it any of you can remember any word for word quotes of things she said during the show? I’m looking to make a headline from one of them :)

Love y'all. XOXOXOX

(P.S. taylorswift - if you fancy giving me an exclusive comment right now then feel free ;) )

The Art of Making Friends at University

Written by Aoife Thorgood

People are what make up the best part of your university experience; they’re who you will share your memories with and most likely become your ‘friends for life’. So here are a few tips for making the most of this opportunity.

Get involved

Let’s be honest, you are never going to meet new people snuggled up in your cozy little uni room watching the whole of Breaking Bad for the third time. Find out what societies are out there to join, try out taster sessions for activities you’d have never normally considered, say yes to Week One events even if you’re not totally up for them. These are, without a doubt, the easiest and best ways to get to know others. 

Put yourself out there

Go and chat to anyone – that girl sitting on her own by the bar, that guy looking lost wandering around campus – they are in the same position as you and more often than not will be happy to recognise another face on campus. This year is your best opportunity to chat to strangers. What have you got to lose?!

Don’t give yourself a bad reputation

I’m sure none of you will, but just remember this is an opportunity for a fresh start with people who will know nothing about you so make sure to give the right first impressions! This doesn’t only apply to your peers but also to staff, your various reps and whoever else you get to meet along the way. Remember you are not the only one in your position – sprinkle a little kindness out there and believe me it’ll do you a whole lotta good in the long run.

Live and let live

Not long after you start, you will come to realise that uni life is very different from that during school. Finally people just get a little more chilled out and accepting of each other. So what happens if you suddenly find yourself sitting next to a 6ft4 Norwegian guy knitting a scarf and chatting about his future opera career? Just go with it! Ask questions. Listen. This may just be the most interesting conversation you’ll have in a long time.

Don’t argue over petty things

You’ll soon find yourself getting agitated with flatmates about little things like the cleanliness of the kitchen, who’s turn it is to hoover or why they were making such a racket last night. It’s not worth it! Swallow your pride and this time pick up the dishes yourself and do them, even if it’s not your turn. Others will appreciate this and will have a lot more respect for you.

Be yourself!

I know, I know, heard it before? Sound a little cringey? Well I’ve gotta say it’s probably the best piece of advice on the list. Stick to who you are and you’re more likely to find people you truly want to spend time with and who are more like you. You can’t keep up a poker face for the whole year so stick to your guns and you’ll meet the people who really accept you for who you are. 



The thing that keeps me going is knowing that I will always have a fallback in life, taking me anywhere and everywhere! If you start to fall out of love with your career path, take a step back and re evaluate your reasons for choosing this admirable profession! We care for a living! If you are a naturally caring and empathetic person, with wonderful communication skills like me you will always excel! Look up some crazy nursing history stories, read about Florence nightingale, or just sit down and watch nurse Jackie or scrubs:) just because you fall off the bandwagon doesn’t mean you can’t get back on! Xxx I’m back guys, feeling a lot better 😘🏥

Favourite route

So I’m back in Nottingham for a few days and I was going to take a picture of the route I normally run on campus while I’m here as it is so beautiful. Unfortuantely, with England being England, it’s raining and looks miserable so this is a picture I took a few months ago I think.

It’s about 6.5km from my house, round the lake and back again so my aim for the end of the year is to run the entire way with no walking :)

#Sexism - Where next?

So, let’s set the record straight.

There has been a lot of discussion/buzz/hype about a certain song for what seems like the last 6 months (at least to me). In case you’re wondering, Mooch no longer will be playing the song, URN have taken it off their core playlist and Oceana have removed it from their DJ playlist – it has not, however, had a formal ban. If you ask me- I think we’ve talked about it enough, and given the song far too much press.

The one positive I would take out of the media frenzy, would be the fact that there is now the potential for students to make real change tackling the culture of sexism, sexual harassment and ‘lad culture’.

Now I’m not saying we’re perfect as a Union, neither am I saying that we have larger problems than any other institutions. What I do think is pertinent - is that for the first time, gender inequalities were brought in to the light and discussed on a wide level – with students actively challenging both their University and Union in a productive way.

The messages that the music industry sends out, and the media as a whole, is only one part of a large puzzle when it comes to sexism. Now of course we have a policy which clearly states we have a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment, but we have to do more to change a culture, and these things take time. I urge anyone reading this to think about the underlying issue, and how we can truly work to make significant, lasting change.

Why are less female students becoming society presidents?

Why did we have only 5 female JCR presidents last year?

Why is Ellie the first female president the Student’s Union has seen in 15 years?

I’m not saying I have all the answers in anyway, but I do know we need to address the root cause. Let’s try to change our culture, and embed a new culture where students are elected purely on merit, without gender having an effect on their odds. Let’s aim to embed a culture where female students feel just as comfortable in a nightclub as male students, without the risk of being harassed. Let’s work towards creating a Union where this is the norm, without the need for censorship.

If you are interested in making a change for the better, please contact our Women’s Officers – Nina and Krishna; suwomens@nottingham.ac.uk or myself suwelfare@nottingham.ac.uk


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